Across The Nullarbor
Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
79Trip End Nov 15, 2012
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A couple we met at Streaky Bay had just driven across from Perth and listened to an audio book during the trip, we agreed it would be a great idea and bought it from them. Titled Jack and Harry; it was a fantastic Australian yarn which made reference to some of the Australian outback through which we had and were travelling. It kept us entertained for 14 hours!
We stopped at several lookouts across the Great Australian Bight. The views were spectacular, the sheer drops from the limestone cliffs into the wild deep blue ocean below (don’t bother Paul I know what your comment will be!) left our hearts beating faster, however not as fast as mine did when we were walking back to the car and a dark brown snake (king brown) came slithering out of the bush just in front of me
Further along the Eyre Highway we encountered a plague of insects that exploded on our windscreen like we have never seen before, they were full of a syrupy sap which we could not clean from the windscreen, it just smudged and made it impossible to see through clearly. The birds were delighted when we stopped and busied themselves eating the bugs from our car and caravan.
Having crossed into WA we spent the night out the back of the Mundrabilla Roadhouse and were privileged to witness another spectacular sunset. The depths of red and orange tones were awesome as the sun disappeared behind the nearby mountain range.
Along the way we had seen kangaroos and emus, however were delighted when was came across a herd of wild camels. They were not far off the road and though cautious were not in a massive hurry to scamper away so we were able to sit by our rig and observe them for some time.
We only drove a short distance the second day and pulled into Frazer Range Station just before 3pm. Frazer Range is a working sheep station which has a range of accommodation including about 20 powered sites
We took a walk through a dry creek bed and up the nearby hill to be rewarded with a great perspective of the property and again got excited to see kangaroos grazing in the thick scrub. Back down the hill just near the camp there were some sheep which didn’t mind a pat.
Weary travellers trickled in throughout the afternoon and as the day disappeared and the night sky filled with stars we sat around the camps centrepiece; a giant old tyre rim which was now a fire pit. We huddled together watching the tongues of fire lick the night sky whilst many a yarn was told and many a great travel tip was shared.
Continuing along into Norseman we finally arrived at our left turn and made our way to Esperance, along the way the Salmon Gums were stunning with the morning sun shining through their leaves and reflecting off their red trunks looking like someone had polished each and every one of them.
We had enjoyed the crossing of the Nullarbor and were now looking forward to our next chapter
Highlights across the Nullarbor:
- Awesome lookouts over the Great Australian Bight
- Sunset at Mundrabilla Roadhouse
- Watching a herd of camels in the wild
- Frazer Range Station
- Meeting lovely people and listening to their yarns around a blazing fire